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the "cbs evening news". >> pelley: tonight, history is made 300 million miles away. mankind lands a spacecraft on a comet. charlie d'agata on how it was done. and the secrets that may be uncovered. a relentless artic blast is taking over more of the country. barry petersen reports from ground sub-zero. american sailors in plain clothes are attacked in a country that claims to be an ally. >> go home! >> pelley: david martin reports. dr. jon lapook investigates a price spike for generic drugs. how did her prescription go from $98 to $1200? and jericka duncan with high drama high above new york as window washers are stranded outside the new world trade center. captioning sponsored by cbs
this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. the target is two miles wide and 300 million miles away. but today, the european space agency landed a spacecraft on a comet, a first in human history. the lander named philae shot these pictures on approach to the comet which is called 67/p, a name as gray as the bolders and ridges that litter its service. philae bounced once when an anchoring system failed to catch. when it settled, it began sending signals but it has not sent pictures from the surface yet. charlie d'agata is at mission control in germany. >> reporter: a decade-long dream of landing on a streaking comet came true today. ( applause ) matt taylor is with the european space agency. >> we tried to land on a bleed comet that's 500 million
kilometers away and we just dropped something the size of a fridge, and it's going down. it's mental, it's crazy that we're doing this. >> reporter: the philae separateseparated from its unmad mothership the rosetta earlier today. the comet travels at speeds up to 84,000 miles per hour. the rosetta has been chasing it for 10 years. to catch up, it had to use the gravity of earth and mars as a slingshot, building up speed around both planet. when the philae landed today, history was made, but stephen ulemix said it looks like the philae may not have stucked to comet. >> maybe today we didn't just land once. we even landed twice. ( laughter ) ( applause ) >> good job. it's not all so clear. it's not so easy to interpret. >> reporter: the philae's thruster system failed on the landing. this is an exact-sized replica of the landing craft itself, and when they learned that the
thrust system had failed, they knew it would have to rely more on ice drills on the feet to hold it in place and harpoons fired spot surface to help anchor it. as it turned out, the harpoons failed to fire, too. the landing was always a big risk. >> the thrusts are not working. the surface, which was a total unknown, this was a big concern. we had no control of that. >> reporter: the philae's mission is to test the theor they comets brought organic matter and water to earth billions of years ago. if it stays on the comet, it will start 64 hours' worth of scientific observations. the european space agency loses contact with the lander from time to time, as the comet rotates, so, scott, it won't be until tomorrow morning until mission control tries once again to try to contact the lander and see how well it's operating. >> pelley: charlie d'agata at the european space agency mission control in darmstadt, germany. charlie, thank you.
by the way, the rosetta and philae spacecraft are named for two archaeological discoveries that unlocked the translation of egyptian hieroglyphics. today, federal investigators said the pilot of virgin galactic spaceship two of thrown from the vehicle as it broke up in the air. his parachute deployed automatically. peter sibold told investigators he was not aware his copilot unlocked the craft's aerodynamic braking system near the start of the flight. the ship crashed when the brakes deployed prematurely. copilot miles alsbury was killed. today, some spectacular jumps in generic drug prices were exposed in an article in the "new england journal of medicine." doxypsyche lean went from six cents a pill to $3.36 cents, an increase of more than 5,000%. captopril, used for hypertens,
increased 2800%. dr. jon lapook is looking into why. >> reporter: barbara heller has an auto immune disease called p.b.c. she takes a generic drug to prevent liver damage. >> the last refill that i got cost $94.50 for three months. >> reporter: in august, she called for her usual three-month renewal, expecting her cost would still be under $100. >> your price for this drug is $1,212.30. >> i was upset. i didn't know what to do. i need that drug every day, probably for the rest of my life. costs can't be a factor in not getting it. >> reporter: a recent analysis found nearly 10% of generics more than doubled in price in the past year. today's article points to the impact of less competition in the generic drug industry. for example, over the last decade, the number of companies making the heart drug digoxin,
fell from 8 to 3, and the drug price went up by 637%. dr. aaron kesselhiem of brigham and women's hospital is one of the authors of the paper. so wiewt competition, the generic companies can say, "what's the price? how much you got?" >> yes. everybody just assumes that generic prices are low, but generic prices are low because there's competition, and so once that competition goes away for whatever reason, then you have a very expensive generic drugs. and these can be very expensive for patients. >> well, this is three months' worth. >> reporter: after heller and her husband did extensive research they were able to find the drug at a discounted rate, but it was still more than three times what she had paid before. the generic pharmaceutical association points out that in 2013, generics saved the health care system $239 billion. the price hikes that threaten those kinds of savings are why a senate subcommittee chaired by bernie sanders will hold a hearing next week. >> pelley: doctor, thank you very much.
now, to that blast of arctic air moving east after punishing much of the country. folks in denver are doing all they can to protect themselves from the cold and the snow. eight cities set low records today. minus 14 this morning in butte, montana. 25 below in kasper, wyoming. and we have more now from barry petersen. >> reporter: ground crews at denver international airport were in full de-icing mode as temperatures dipped two degrees below zero, causing hour-long delays. icy roads meant a treacherous morning commute. josh percele was wistful for warmer days. >> a day and a half ago it was, like, 66 degrees, and within, like, 30 minutes it was, like, 30. i don't think anybody was prepared for that sudden of a change. >> reporter: in upper michigan, with more than two feet of snow in some areas, police urged only essential travel. 13.2 inches of snow in st. cloud, minnesota, easily
beat the old record of 12 inches set more than 100 years ago. wbz meteorologist eric fischer says the worst is still to come. >> by the time we get toward the start of the weekend, we should see every state in the country-- that includes hawaii, they have big mountains-- reaching a freezing temperature to kick off the weekend. >> reporter: as the arctic air heads south, time-lapsed video shows an early-morning fog settling over raleigh, north carolina, with forecasters predicting it will get colder there later this week. back here in colorado, the overnight temperatures could hit 10 degrees below zero. that is so cold, scott, that it could actually be painful to take a deep breath. >> pelley: barry petersen reporting from colorado tonight. barry, thank you. speak of climate change, today, president obama and china's president struck a groundbreaking deal to limit greenhouse gases. major garrett is traveling with the president on hiation trip. >> reporter: the climate deal requires faster cut kutz in u.s.
greenhouse gas emissions and commits china, for the first time, to reducing its own emissions, but not before 2030. >> as the world's two largest economies, energy consumers and emitters of greenhouse gases, we have a special responsibility to lead the global effort against climate change. >> reporter: by 2025, the u.s. will cut emissions by more than 25% below 2005 levels. the administration said it will do so through tougher pollution controls that do not require congressional approval. incoming senate majority leader mitch mcconnell said it was a bad deal. >> which as i read the agreement, requires the chinese to do nothing at all for 16 years while these carbon emission regulations are creating havoc in my state other and states around the country. >> reporter: the two presidents appeared at a rare joint press conference not seen on chinese television. deep divisions flared over human rights and political freedom.
president obama expressed support for recent pro-democracy protests in hong kong and denied chinese allegations the u.s. was behind them. >> it's so important for us to speak out for the freedoms that we believe are universa, rightse believe are the birth right of all men and women, wherever they live, whether necessary new york, paris, or hong kong. >> reporter: xi for the first time branded the protestaise criminal act and warned america not to interfere. >> ( translated ): hong kong affairs are exclusively china's internal affairs, and the foreign countries should not interfere in those affairs in any form or fashion. >> reporter: human rights and political freedom will also drive the agenda here in myanmar, scott, as the president prods the military government to proceed with free elections next europe and reduce ethic and roppression. before leaving for australia, the president will meet for a third time with the galvanizing voice of politics in myanmar.
>> pelley: myanmar, also known as burma. major garrett with the president tonight, major, thank you. today, three u.s. navy sailors were attacked by an angry mob in istanbul. this is all the more troubling because turkey is a key nato ally. david martin reports the attack was recorded for propaganda purposes. >> reporter: the pentagon called it ugly and disturbing, but the anti-american student group which assaulted three u.s. navy sailors, dressed in civilian cloacts while on shore leave in istanbul, boasted about it by posting this video. >> >> reporter: the three sailors, members of the crew of the guided missile destroyer "ross" kept their cool as they were pushed and pelted and briefly had hood slipped over
their heads. hoodz have become an ugly symbol of the war between the west and islamic terrorists, so just to be sure you didn't miss it, the protesters slowed the video down. the sailors made a break for if, pursued by the classic anti-american chant. >> yankee, go home. yankee, go home. >> reporter: they made it back to their ship without injury. "the ross" posted guard and all shore leaves were canceled until the ship leaves port on thursday. turkish police arrested some of the demonstrators although u.s. officials do not believe they actually intended to harm the students. both sides are trying to treat it as an isolated incident. >> pelley: david martin at the pentagon tonight. thank you, david. anger is boiling over in mexico where dozens of college students have vanished, and their families fear the worst. they blame the government and drug gangs. manuel bojorquez is there. >> reporter: protesters clashed with police again in the state of gurero, where the 43
students disappeared six weeks ago. many fear the students have been murdered, their bodies still have not been found. in igula, the town where they were last seen, high school students rallied against what they call a corrupt local government. a teacher says this kind of protest would have never happened before. "we all lived in fear. there were kidnappings, so people kept quiet because they were afraid." they feared the town's mayor and his wife, both suspected of having ties to violent drug gangs. kidnappings and extortion are part of daily life here. the mexican government has charged the mayor for the college students' kidnapping. three gang members have also been arrested. investigators believe the town's corrupt police turned the students over to gang members who killed them and burned their bodies. it's still not clear why. igula is not only where the students were kidnapped. it's also where the first wave of violent protests started.
city hall was set on fire. the mayor's office was gutted. this is all that remains. igula city council woman believes her husband was killed by gang members last june after an ongoing feud with the mayor over aid to farmers. "to see how he died, how they tortured him," she said. "it was such an awful thing." she asked state and federal authorities to investigate, but nothing happened. even now, she's nervous about speaking out. her eyes scanned the crowd in this park. "yes, i'm afraid," she said. "but i speak out because if this had happened to someone else, my husband would be fighting for justice on their behalf." today, mexico's attorney general said he will investigate igula's former mayor in the death of the council woman's husband we just told you about. scott, demonstration here have
become more violent, a sign they may not quickly go away. >> pelley: manuel bojorquez reporting from mexico for us tonight. manuel, thank you. why are victims of sexual assault being forced to pay for medical exams after they're attacked? and they were 69 stories up and left dangling by a wire when the cbs even news continues. introducing... a pm pain reliever that dares to work all the way until... the am. new aleve pm the only one to combine a safe sleep aid plus the 12 hour strength of aleve. people with type 2 diabetes come from all walks of life.
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attorney pledged to process thousands of untested rape kits. the kits contain valuable evidence that could be used to solve cases. some victims are being forced to pay for their medical exams after being assaulted. >> reporter: late last year, kristine says she was sexually assaulted. >> i woke up the next morning naked. i don't remember anything else after that. >> reporter: she went to a suburban chicago hospital for a rape kit exam, a medical procedure that checks for injuries and collects forensic evidence of the crime. you kept getting bills. >> correct. lot of them and for, like thousands of dollars oarpt federal law says victims should not pay for rape kit exams but bills for medical charges like hiv test or e.r. fees are not always covered. in some states, that means victims are getting a medical bill. illinois, where kristine lives,
is supposed to cover those costs for the first 90 days. >> would have to explain to a random person, you know, in the bilge department what happened to me and relive it all over again every time. >> reporter: it took chicago rape victim advocate sara laden 10 months to help resolve kristine's bills. that's just one of 29 cases she worked on this year. >> it is inherent to maybe one specific hospital that across the state the rape cries centers are seeing survivors receive bills for this. >> reporter: we contacted victim advocates in all 50 states. 13 reported survivors getting billed for medical services. >> for two nights in a row, i was raped and sexually assaulted. >> reporter: in louisiana, this victim was among those billed after a private company took control of the state-owned l.s.u. hospital system. >> around $2,000, of which my insurance covered none of it at all. >> reporter: the louisiana state legislature is considering whether to change the law to cover all expenses. while states tell us they have few complaint, if any at all, we
found at least seven of them have no state law to cover health care expenses. an official from ohio told us they liken this to other crimes. for example, they do not pay medical expenses from assault. >> pelley: important story. thank you very much. lava is back on the move in hawaii. where is it headed? that's next. .. please, please, please, please, please. [ male announcer ] the wish we wish above all...is health. so we quit selling cigarettes in our cvs pharmacies. expanded minuteclinic, for walk-in medical care. and created programs that encourage people to take their medications regularly. introducing cvs health. a new purpose. a new promise... to help all those wishes come true. cvs health. because health is everything. cvs health. if you have high blood pressure many your blood pressure.aise that's why there's coricidin hbp
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it took place at the new one world trade center high above new york. jericka duncan on the accident and the rescue. >> reporter: new york city firefighters rushed to one world trade center as two wind or washers were clinging to life. a cable broke on theirica folding as they were operating the platform. margaret venterilo, was one of thousand who stopped to wawp. >> would be in a panic if i was them, but i think they kept their calm. >> reporter: two units worked simultaneously to rescue the men. rescuers lowered cablefrom the roof to secure the window washers as their scaffolding dangled near the 69th floor of the 104-story building. they were also given a two-way radio so rescuers could make sure they weren't injured. new york city fire commissioner danld nie nigro. >> we reassured them we're working deliberately and in a positive direction to gain access to them and they had they were fine. >> reporter: it two crews 45
minutes to cut through two layers of glass. a diamond saw was used to cut a six-foot hole big enough for the men to climb through. >> i it was a floor still under construction. there were no walls, or partitions or any furnishings on the wall so there was plenty of room for the units to operate up on that floor. >> reporter: the two men had mild hypothermia and are in stable condition. 1,076 feet this building is the tallest in the united states, a symbol of america's resurgent since the 9/11 terror attacks, but today people stood in awe for a different reason. they watched the dangling platform carrying two men and a dramatic rescue that followed. jericka duncan, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by
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